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Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Sunset WheatLeinenkugel's Sunset Wheat

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1,990 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,990
Reviews: 867
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 20.9%
Wants: 23
Gots: 85 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Belgian Wit in style, but brewed with a lager yeast strain and a top-note of blueberry added (info directly from the Leinenkugel Bros).

(Beer added by: jj21 on 03-16-2006)
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Photo of BDIMike


3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I really like this beer. It can be consumed in a lot of different ways in a lot of different circumstances. A lot of people tell me it tastes like fruit loops, but I enjoy it. Great look and smooth, fruity taste. On a warm day, this is a great draft beer to grab.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2007 16:52:26 | More by BDIMike
Photo of stormstarter28


4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is a very interesting brew...it seems like people either love it or hate it. Mark me down as a lover. Darker than most wheat, it has a rather weak head with little retention. Plenty of aroma, smells of strong blueberries and maybe sweet vanilla. I love the taste...I could drink this for dessert every day. Strong blueberry flavor, but not too strong, with a smooth after taste. The most drinkable beer for me yet. Finishes as good as it started. I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 21:26:58 | More by stormstarter28
Photo of drjones633

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

starting backwards, it has such a nice finish, the after taste is delicious. From there Id say its rather sweet, reminds me of a sweet tart or perhaps tequza. However I must say there is a deepness to the levels of flavor. It really grows on a tongue. I can really taste the time they spent on the flavors. worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 04:09:51 | More by drjones633
Photo of Floydster


3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint at Naja's Place in Redondo Beach's Kings Harbor

Only three dollars, so very tempting on the hot summer day

Bartender recommended it as a good wheat beer that has been around for a very long time from Wisconsin

Had heard a few things about this brewery before, but heard their IPA was much better than this, so I will try that next

Bright yellow color with a very thick white head

Smell was filled with a strong citrus scent, almost like a lemondae from Hot Dog On A Stick, as crazy as that sounds

Tasted like a mixture between lemon juice and beer, not my favorite

Taste did not last long which made it very easy to drink, to along with its low alcohol content and lightness

Love or hate beer, you either enjoy sweet wheat beers or you do not, try it and figure it out for yourself

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2007 23:02:11 | More by Floydster
Photo of Bamabrew22


3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quaffed a bottle of this while watching college football this past weekend. Poured an effervescent golden with a foamy, spongelike head. Aroma was of grains, sweet grains, yeast and a hint of blueberry. Taste was quite nice. Really enjoyed how you get the refreshing wheaty sweetness, maybe a glancing of hops, and then the blueberry note on the way down. Truly tasty and refreshing. Almost like blueberry pancakes or a sinful dessert. I could definitely go for another one of these. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 19:46:02 | More by Bamabrew22
Photo of Brianmerrilyn

New York

4.2/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel caught my eye at a open air music festival in South Florida in April 07. The only non mass produced beer on the list and a wheat so why not i said. What a good choice!

From the first whiff to the last quaf, the armos of fruit pervades. Took me some time and asking fellow geeks, but the coridander and blueberry are the secret ingredient in my humble pallet.

1.5 fingers of head if poured from a tap but mighty respectible from the bottle as well.

Taste-Crisp and full with overlaying after tastes. When i saw it was Wisconson and originally family brew business, I was an instant fan.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 21:59:58 | More by Brianmerrilyn
Photo of Strix


3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a pleasant surprise. Very fruity, but it a good way. Initial notes were citrus.. orange?.. but most of the way through it finally dawned on me - blueberry. Not just blueberry, but blueberry muffin. I could see how this could be a turnoff for some who aren't into the fruitiness, but I have to give Leinie's props for this one. It's something different.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 05:24:24 | More by Strix
Photo of Gutensheisse


4.3/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very aromatic, has a sweet and fruity smell (due to coriander and blueberry). One of my friends described it as smelling like fruity pebbles cereal. Good head retention, got about 1.5 fingers of head after I poured mine into a tall weissen glass. Crisp and tasty, everything you'd want in a beer. Sunset wheat is easily my favorite American beer. If it were a woman I'd be popping the question right now, if it were a man I'd beg for a civil union. Leinenkugels is going to be huge thanks to this beauty. Its availability is shocking, for I used to live in Tomah, WI and knew about Leinies before I moved to Texas but I've found it ON TAP at local pubs here in Houston. Sunset wheat is possibly the best weissen brewed in the U.S.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 17:08:35 | More by Gutensheisse
Photo of champ103


2.1/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: A gold/yellow color and a little hazy. Has a two finger head and a little lace.
S: An overpowering fruity smell. Sweet citrus smell
T: Very sweet fruit. Tastes like a fruity cereal of some kind, fruity pebbles or trix (take your pick).
D: Can taste alc and carbonation when it warms up. You need to drink this as cold as possible from the bottle. Not very impressive.

If you are into very fruity beers, this is for you. A sub par wheat beer. This is unfortunate because I generally like Leiny's beer. To bad this is the only offering I can find in Texas.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 22:40:47 | More by champ103
Photo of musicjustintime


4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy brought me some of these...and I've never had 'em 'till now. Very "different" in the way of a "beer," but very much a treat. Smells great, like citrus, and tastes much the same, along with the hint of corriander and a touch of fresh blueberrys! WOW! How unique this is. Color is pretty typical for a wheat. Cloudy, light orange/yellow. Very smooth and highly drinkable. Clean brew that again, doesn't have that "beer" flavor...but it's not supposed to I'm guessing. Nice summertime brew I think. I'd highly recommend this as something different to offer a guest or a buddy. Most people will like this! Saaalute my friends! Cheers too!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 19:22:08 | More by musicjustintime
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3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very pale yellow with a three-finger head which dissipates to a lasting cap with a little lacing.

S - Very nice bright citrus, grain, and coriander. One of the best-smelling beers I've had!

T - Orange and wheat dominate, but the hops are evident also. A very smooth and clean finish leaves you wanting another. This is really good... flavors are very well balanced.

M - A little watery, but nice carbonation.

D - This is a great summer beer, and I'll drink plenty of these on this hot humid day. They seem to go down super-easy and at this point (after 2) the flavor is still as good as the first sip was.

To sum up, this is one of the better American brews I've had. Pretty impressive considering German hefes are my mainstay beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 22:57:43 | More by whiplash3825
Photo of Rootdog316


3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat pours to a cloudy golden color with a nice amount of foam that fades quickly. The scent of citrus and coriander fills the air following a good pour.

This beer has a taste that emphasizes fruit, with lemon and a touch of orange dominating. The flavor of coriander isn’t too far behind, followed by wheat and other light herbs. There is only a faint taste of hops and the beer is sweet overall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2007 04:24:47 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of Slatetank


3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a wheat glass.
A - A hazed golden w/ a 2.5 inch white head made of compact bubbles. The frothy head leaves a spotty film of lace.

S - Crisp, fruity aromas w/ light spice. Kind of tangerine/white grape w/ clove.

M - This has a feel like a spritzer, very light and fruity. The effervesence is high, lively an clean w/ a semi-dry finish. A tinge of spice lingers on after the swallow.

T - A taste of wheat with a rush of fruity sweet and juicy flavor. It is the equivalent of drinking Trix cereal in beer form. There are certainly cereal qualities w/ citrus tastes that are very pronounced. A grassiness w/ a tea like edge comes out as it warms. I would say it is surprising how much fruity taste you get. The finish is rather clean.

D - Very quaffable and nicely spiced. Not the best wit ever, in fact it lacks some of the wit character, but worth trying. An interesting choice w/ the lager yeast. It does seem cleaner in the finish than a wit and not quite as creamy.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 22:42:21 | More by Slatetank
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant surprise. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Hazy orange in appearance with a medium-size white head. Spicy citrus aroma. Orange and spice in the taste, tiny bit of malt. Maybe a little bland, but definitely a beer you could drink for a while.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 21:18:12 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of ism

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap from a Friday's in Parsipanny, NJ waiting for rush hour to ebb. The hazy apricot body contrasted against the starkly cloudy grey outside. The nose was wheat with citrus, appropriately enough. At first sip, a surprisingly fruity sweetness belies the style. Emptying the glass, the base flavors are true -- coriander, lemon -- but there is a dominant sweet presence. The medium body is nice, and it goes down smooth, though lacking bitterness. It's refreshing, in the same way orange juice is, and I couldn't deal with a second pour.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2007 03:47:53 | More by ism
Photo of MTNboy


3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A real nice cloudy amber. It pors to form an average head and lace.

Smell- Very fruity and citrus. With hints of wheat

Taste- A very strong orange and lemon taste. Small hints of hops but mainly sweet and the malt is apparent.

Mouthfeel- Kind of fluffy.

Drinkability- A refreshing all occasion beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 23:40:59 | More by MTNboy
Photo of macster


3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at a beer tent at the recent music fest in Bethlehem, PA. Pours a cloudy amber-orange color producing a thin, small bubbled white head. Nose is fruity sweet with huge notes of orange juice, vanilla cream, crushed berries, perfume and ground wheat. Very different and unique aroma profile here for sure. Mouthfeel was smooth and refreshing but slightly thin and watery as you swallow. Taste very similar to the aromas but not as distractingly perfumey. Refreshingly sweet creamsicle, fresh squeezed orange juice, blueberry, heavy cream and some coriander and pepper come through. Finish is a bit thin and quick but a nice thirst quencher on a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2007 04:14:11 | More by macster
Photo of dubman003

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I picked this up randomly at a convenience store. Fortunately, it was fresh. Wonderful smell and taste. We took it out on the boat, but as the beer warmed the mouthfeel got a bit unpleasant. Otherwise, this is an incredible beer that really brings around a strong, sweet blueberry taste and smell; impressive for a micro shipped from wisconsin to new hampshire.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 11:18:01 | More by dubman003
Photo of baos


1.53/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Looks normal enough macro head that has a bit of lacing.

S: Too Fruity. Blueberries! If you like things fruity you'll like this, especially if you like blueberries.

T: Overpowering Blueberries. Someone put perfume in my beer.

M: Mediocre mouth feel.

D: Yuck. I passed this beer to a friend that likes fruity things.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 03:19:04 | More by baos
Photo of umustdrink


3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy orange color with a pillowy white head, retaining very well at a quarter inch. Minimal lace.

S - Sweet and orangey, some earthy wheat, berries. Smells kinda like crunch berry cereal.

T/M - Starts out with medium consistency, a noticeable carbonation bite accompanying a dry orange flavor with some earthy, peppery wheat undertones. Mellows out into a sweet yeastiness and we're left with a sweet yet dry fruity berry/orange taste.

D - Overall I'm glad I gave this beer another shot as I didn't like it when it first came out. Now I'd say it's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 22:46:04 | More by umustdrink
Photo of BeerDreadz


3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have this beer i tap,served in plastic cup.

The appearance was a light browny color with a white head.

The smell was a good one,not so strong,it have citrus fruits on it,

Taste was good, hops were there ,also some citrus fruits, lime, some spices also.

Feels really good in the mouth,i would drink this beer again but is hard to find.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2007 05:51:27 | More by BeerDreadz
Photo of hiikeeba


4.3/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden color with a thick, creamy head that lingers.

Aroma: Intense blueberry aroma rolls away from the glass in waves! I can't remember a beer with that intesity of aroma. Slightly sweet smell and bready background. There's a hint of orange but no hop aroma.

Taste: Very subtle hop and malt flavor. Blueberry is dominant, accented by sweet orange flavor.

Mouthfeel: A little thin.

Drinkability:Wonderful beer. Easy to fall in love with.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 19:28:53 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of bushbeer75


3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle

Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat Ale poured a cloudy gold color with a large white pillow head that holds well. Smell is of citrus – lemony/orange with a little coriander mixed in. Taste is of light wheat, lemon, low in bitterness and crisp. Has a light to medium body and carbonation is a little fizzy.

This is a decent summer session brew if you like fruity, citrus brews.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 17:58:00 | More by bushbeer75
Photo of rborthwick


3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cludy burnt yellow with a thin head that quickly dissapates. Very fruity smell with an overubundance of citrus. This is fruity beer so if you aren't a fruity beer kind of person, this one isn't for you. Very smooth taste of orange peels transitioning to mild peach. Almost no hint of hops whatsoever. This is an excellent beer on hot days when the masses are drinking their bud light and miller lite. A good drinkability that has its place at the beach or on hot days.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 22:03:22 | More by rborthwick
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Got a growler at Consumers Beverage outside of Buffalo when I was there visiting friends. It pours a slightly hazy, light straw color with a 2-finger bubbly white head. Some bubbles rise to fortify the head. No lacing.

S: Dominant smells are fruit and wheat. At first I think of lemons, but then it seems sweeter, more like ripe cherries. Pleasant in the nose if you like that sort of thing.

T: Cherries are noticeable again. All around fruity with a tad bit of the wheat coming through early, when it's cold. As it warms the sweetness becomes a little bit overbearing.

M: Light in heft, pretty smooth, with a bit of fizziness to it.

D: Pretty good at first when it's cold -- it's light in body and that fruity sweetness hasn't settled in yet. But I slow down near the end of the second glass due to the sweetness.

Serving type: growler

07-29-2007 21:15:00 | More by Kendo
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